Officially Recognized Accreditation Agencies

This Feb. 2, 2007, file photo shows Calhoun College, one of the 12 residential colleges housing Yale undergraduates. There's push to strip the name of John C. Calhoun, a white supremacist, from the building at Yale University. Bob Child/AP

The recent attention given to college and university accreditation has raised some question as to which accrediting agencies are recognized by the Department of Education.

The following is a list of Regional, National and Programmatic accrediting agencies which are currently recognized by the DoED. If you are considering pursuing a degree or certification be sure that the school you apply to is accredited by one of the following organizations:

Regional Accrediting Agencies

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education, Practical Nursing)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education
  • Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education
  • Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies

  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
  • Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training 
  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission
  • Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies
  • Council on Occupational Education
  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • New York State Board of Regents, and the Commissioner of Education
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission

Specialized Accrediting Agencies

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics 
  • Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. 
  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education 
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools 
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar 
  • American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation 
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
  • American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
  • American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation 
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education 
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
  • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools 
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation 
  • Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation 
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs 
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Council on Naturopathic Medical Education
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 
  • Kansas State Board of Nursing
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Maryland Board of Nursing
  • Midwifery Education Accreditation Council 
  • Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation 
  • National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences 
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation 
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation 
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation 
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation 
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • New York State Board of Regents, State Education Department, Office of the Professions (Nursing Education)
  • North Dakota Board of Nursing
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
  • The Council on Chiropractic Education 
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